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My chocolate cupcake recipe is simple and a great base to use for your cupcakes. I have also included a recipe for a vanilla base that you can vary to make chocolate chip cupcakes.

Decorating cupcakes is so popular at the moment, there are businesses popping-up everywhere that just make cupcakes. So why not make them yourself.

I have also started an evergrowing collection on how to decorate cupcakes. You can find these as you head down this page. Decorating cupcake ideas include baby shower, Halloween, breast cancer pink ribbon, wedding, Easter, childrens ...

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Please read through my chocolate cupcake recipe first before starting.

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Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

Makes 12 chocolate cupcakes. Makes 24 mini muffin cupcakes.

Cupcake pans vary so much in volume. Also sometimes you only need to half fill your tins if you are going to decorate your cupcakes. Another thing is if you use paper cases to line your tins this reduces their volume even further.

I suggest if you want high well rounded cupcakes that you double this recipe and ¾ fill your pans.


¾ cup plain flour
¼ cup cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ cup caster sugar
80g butter, melted
2 eggs
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon milk

Baking Temperature

The oven should be preheated to 160C (325F)


  1. Add all the ingredients to a small mixing bowl.
  2. Beat on low speed until well blended. Stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl and the beaters.
  3. Beat on medium speed for two minutes.
  4. Fill evenly into your chosen cake pans. Aim to half fill them.
  5. Bake at 160oC for 15-18 minutes.
  6. Remove from the oven, stand for five minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool. Cool completely before decorating.

Chocolate Chip Cupcakes Recipe and

Vanilla Cupcake Recipe

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You can leave the chocolate chips out of this recipe to make a vanilla cupcake base. Also because the mix now contains chocolate chips it will make a few more cupcakes.

You can also add the chocolate chip to the chocolate cupcakes recipe to make double chocolate cupcakes.


1 cup plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ cup caster sugar
80g butter, melted
2 eggs
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon milk
¾ cup chocolate chips of your choice.


The method is the same as the chocolate cupcakes all you need to do is stir through the chocolate chips at the end – simple.

Decorating Cupcakes

Easter Chocolate Cupcakes - Ideas

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Easter is the perfect time to decorate cupcakes and they do not have to be difficult.

There are so many different types of Easter candy you can use.

For the recipe on how to make these cute Easter nest cupcakes and many more ideas on how to decorate your chocolate cupcake recipe for this Easter, click here.

Wedding Cupcakes

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Cupcakes are becoming more and more popular as part of wedding celebrations.

On this page I show you simple but effective wedding cupcake decorating ideas. You can use my chocolate cupcake recipe as the perfect base.

The list is continuously growing and it is a great way to add that personal touch to this special day. Take a peek here to see my wedding cupcake ideas.

Baby Shower Cupcakes

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Baby shower cupcakes are a wonderful and simple idea to help celebrate this ocassion.

They are delicious as part of a shower tea or as a special take home gift.

Why not make a plate of these little decorated cupcakes as a suprise.

For these and more baby shower cupcake ideas click here.

My New Peanut Butter Buttercream

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I just wanted to let you know I have added a new flavour variation to my chocolate buttercream recipe.

If you love peanut butter you are going to love this smooth, smooth buttercream.

I have used peanut m&m's, a little fudge heart and a cute fondant teddy bear that I made to decorate this chocolate cupcake recipe.

More Cupcake Decorating Ideas

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Well these are just a few ways to decorate my chocolate cupcake recipe. I actually have a cupcake decorating ideas page with lots more ideas for all sorts of occasions.

You'll find more ideas for easter, children's, valentines, halloween, pink breast cancer and even 4th of July cupcakes. For more great cupcake decorating ideas click here.

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